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Foreign Minister states that Thai King is under "permanent" review while in Germany
Foreign Minister states that Thai King is under "permanent" review while in Germany
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The German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has stated that Germany has "made it clear that politics concerning the country of Thailand should not be based on German soil" and that the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn would be "permanently" under review while he is Germany.

The King has spent part of the Covid-19 lockdown in Germany in a luxury hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and owns a property in Bavaria.

Science • Medicine
Germany: More than 1,000 police officers fell ill due to Corona
Germany: More than 1,000 police officers fell ill due to Corona
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Police units are apparently exposed to a higher corona risk than other professional groups. According to a query by the "Rheinische Post" at the state interior ministries and the federal police, more than 1,000 officials have probably contracted Corona since March. The state of Bavaria leads the list with 274 registered cases.

The police union suspects the reasons is the lack of precautions.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany fails to inform 900 people that tested positive for Covid-19

The Health Minister of the state Bavaria and the President of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety have announced that out of 85,000 Covid-19 tests around 44,000 results haven't been communicated to the tested people.

Among these results are 900 positives ones. According to Bavarian Health Minister Melanie Huml "there is a transmission problem, there's nothing to gloss over" as most of the data needs the be entered manually into the systems.

She stated that is has top priority to inform the people that have testes positive and that they should be informed by noon tomorrow. Currently, the wait for test results takes often a week or longer.

Germany: First suspect in connection with NSU 2.0
Germany: First suspect in connection with NSU 2.0
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A first warrant has been carried out in connection with the investigation into the threatening emails for the right-wing NSU 2.0 network. The apartment of a 63-year-old former police officer has been searched in Landshut (Bavaria). Three illegal firearms were found (1 pump gun and two handguns). The Attorney General's Office is now investigating a violation of the Arms Act.

Sports • Basketball
Bavarian Government gives German Basketball League green light for ten clubs tournament
easyCredit BBL game at AudiDome
easyCredit BBL game at AudiDome Credit: AudiDome

Bavarian State Government endorsed the easyCredit BBL concept for a playoff tournament to appoint the 2020 German Basketball Champions. The easyCredit BBL Final Tournament 2020 will be played in Munich's Audi Dome by ten teams -- the other seven clubs of the BBL decided not to compete in the tournament

German Basketball paused its competitions on March 8, due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Germany cancels annual Oktoberfest

Following the spread of the coronavirus the premier of the German state Bavaria, Markus Söder, has announced that the Oktoberfest has been canceled. "Based on the current situation, I can not imagine that such a large event would even be possible at that time", he said.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Over 32,000 cases and 150 deaths in Germany

According to recent figures, Germany now counts 32,400 coronavirus infections. Particularly affected states are North Rhine-Westphalia with more than 9000 cases, Bavaria with more than 6300 and Baden-Württemberg with more than 5800 cases. 150 total deaths have been reported.